Introduction to the New Testament: Stories, Texts, Beliefs

Immerse yourself in an introduction to New Testament – its history, texts, and theology – in this fantastic unit taught by Robyn Whitaker.

This unit is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about the world of Jesus, first-century Judaism, Graeco-Roman culture, and the texts that make up the New Testament. With no prior knowledge assumed, this unit is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Bible, think about interpretation, and understand the historical context of the New Testament.

We begin with the letters of Paul as the earliest texts in the New Testament, looking at the way the first generation of Christians were making sense of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We then move to the Gospels and other New Testament literature to trace the rise of the early Christian movement from a Jewish sect to its Gentile expansion and explore the range of developing theological beliefs that characterized the first two generations of early Christianity.

Robyn Whitaker teaches this unit in a “flipped” or “inverted” classroom model: lectures and online materials are provided for students to work through in their own time before attending a choice of weekly face-to-face or online tutorials in real-time. This means that students can choose which method of learning is going to best suit their life.

Introduction to the New Testament is a fantastic way to deepen your understanding of the New Testament and delve into the world that Jesus and his first disciples inhabited.


Learning Outcomes:


1. Describe the historical, cultural, religious, and theological world of the New Testament
2. Identify the genre, setting, structures and themes of particular New Testament books in conversation with the whole
3. Demonstrate an awareness of skills and tools for exegesis of particular passages
4. Integrate methodological understandings, skills, and theological reflection in the study of a New Testament passage




Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegesis – Exegesis Short exegesis on specific passage (500 words) 500 15.0
Exegetical Essay – Exegetical essay Essay on specific passage (1000 words) 1000 25.0
Written Examination – Take-home Examination Take-home Examination (1500 words) 1500 40.0
Forum – Forum tutorial discussions Regular participation in forum or tutorial discussions (equivalent 1000 words) 1000 20.0

For more information, or to enrol, email

Course code: BN1010P/8010P
Instructor: R Whitaker
Mode of Delivery: Internal – Face to face and
External – Online Asynchronous
Semester 2 Tuesday, 2 pm to 5 pm